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Errigal Keerogue Cross
 

County

Tyrone

Coordinates

N 54° 27' 31.02"   W 007° 05' 54.3"

Nearest town

Ballygawley

Grid Ref.

H 58459 57054

Map No.

18

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

119

Date of visit

Wednesday 1 July 2015

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The west side of this cross has a central boss framed in four lines.


This graveyard is very tucked away from the main roads, I don't know how we found it on September 10th, 2003, when we came here for the first time, when we had no OS maps or GPS receiver.
In this old graveyard there's a wonderful ancient stone cross, with no decoration at all, apart from a raised boss in the centre of the head framed by two horizontal lines and two vertical lines carved on the west (265°) side. The other side has faint carving that would outline the arms and the wheel. It seems that the original plan was to cut away part of the stone to create an unpierced wheel. I could say that this is an unfinished cross.
The chubby cross has been carved from a red sandstone block. It has a massive shaft and a round head with really short arms.
It is 1.86 metres tall, 27 centimetres wide at the base and 86 centimetres wide at the arms, but it's 39 centimetres thick.
The cross is slightly leaning to the southeast.

Nearby there are the ruins of an old church which is said to have been built in 1489 by the Franciscan friars who dedicated it to St. Kieran.
Probably Keerogue is a distortion of the name Kieran.
On the inner side of the north wall is set a stone with a sheela-na-gig.


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